2009-07-02 / Sports

Two New Winners At Path Valley

By Rob Keller

Strictly Stock racing at Path Valley Speedway is a low-budget, entry-level class run mostly by drivers looking to get some experience behind the wheel. Saturday night, two drivers got to experience the thrill of winning for the first time.

In the 8-Cylinder Strictly Stock feature, Joey Burdge started on the pole and led lap one. On lap two, Carl Miller used the high groove to drive around Burdge and into the lead. Miller went on to win his fourth feature this year, outdistancing second place by nearly a straightaway. The best battle on the track was for second place. Jeremy Woodring passed Burdge for second on lap three, and Jason Ege also passed Burdge for third. For a few laps Woodring stayed close to Miller and pulled away from Ege. But as the laps wore on, Miller slowly pulled away from Woodring and Ege closed in. Ege finally caught Woodring with a few laps to go, but Woodring had just enough to hold him off and finish second. With Ege finishing third, Burdge was fourth and Ben Deardorf finished fifth. Woodring won the heat race.

Steve Harlan started on the pole and grabbed the early lead of the Super Stock feature event. Gary Dehart moved from fourth to second on the first lap, and Adam Yetter fell into line right behind Dehart. With Dehart looking for room to pass to the inside of Harlan, Yetter looked to the high side trying to pass Dehart. Twice Yetter looked to have Dehart passed for second only to have the yellow flag come out before they got back to the finish line, negating the pass. On a restart on lap 13 Yetter tried to look to the inside of Dehart. The two touched, and Dehart spun out, sending him to the tail end of the field. It took four more laps before Yetter was able to use the high groove to drive around Harlan and into the lead. After he spun out, Dehart also started using the high groove and was back right behind Yetter as they both went past Harlan. Dehart took a few looks inside of Yetter in the closing laps but could not complete the pass and settled for second. It was Yetter's second win this year in the highly competitive Super Stock division. He became the fourth driver to score multiple wins, with two more drivers getting one win so far. Harlan settled for third, ahead of Jan Powell and Adam Imes. Dehart won the heat race.

Dan Smith grabbed the lead from Jesse Dehart entering turn one on the start of the 4-Cylinder Strictly Stock feature. The four competing drivers ran about a car length apart until lap fourteen. Jesse Dehart was running second when he clipped the outside wall on the front stretch. This damaged the right rear wheel and when he entered turn one the car turned sideways. Robbie Imgrund dove to the inside, but Dehart's car came down straight into the right side door of Imgrund's ride. This spun Dehart back around the other way with his right side door facing traffic, right in front of Johnny Runk. Runk had nowhere to go and when he hit Dehart in the door, Dehart's car rolled over onto the roof. After figuring out how to get out, Dehart climbed out the back window of his Ford Probe and gave the fans the "thumbs up" to let them know he was ok. Smith held off Imgrund over the last six laps to claim his first-ever feature win. Imgrund finished second, Runk third and Dehart fourth. Imgrund won the heat race.

Chuck Gipe outran Kevin Maines to win both the heat and features for the Strictly Stock trucks.

Manny Valderrama was the only 6-Cylinder Strictly Stock to enter, thus making him the heat and feature winner in the first race he ever ran.

Saturday, July 4, it is Celebrate America at Path Valley Speedway. Along with the Super Stocks and Strictly Stocks, there will also be a demolition derby.

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